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Overview[ edit ] State of Fear is, like many of Crichton's books, a fictional work that uses a mix of speculation and real world data, plus technological innovations as fundamental storyline devices.
The debate over global warming serves as the backdrop for the book. Crichton supplies a personal afterword and two appendices that link the fictional part of the book with real examples of his thesis.
The main villains in the plot are environmental extremists. Crichton does place blame on "industry" in both the plot line and the appendices. Various assertions appear in the book, for example: The science behind global warming is speculative and incomplete, meaning no concrete conclusions can be drawn regarding human involvement in climate change.
Elites in various fields use either real or artificial crises to maintain the existing social ordermisusing the "science" behind global warming. As a result of potential conflicts of interestthe scientists conducting research on topics related to global warming may subtly change their findings to bring them in line with their funding sources.
Since climatology can not incorporate double-blind studies, as are routine in other sciences, and climate scientists set experiment parameters, perform experiments within the parameters they have set, and analyze the resulting data, a phenomenon known as " bias " is offered as the most benign reason for climate science being so inaccurate.
A key concept, delivered from the eccentric Professor Hoffman, suggests, in Hoffman's words, the existence of a " politico-legal-media " complex, comparable to the " military-industrial complex ," of the Cold War era.
Hoffman insists climate science began using more extreme, fear-inducing terms such as "crisis," "catastrophe," and, "disaster," shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wallin order to maintain a level of fear in citizens, for the purpose of social controlsince the specter of Soviet Communism was gone.
This "state of fear" gives the book its title. Numerous charts and quotations from real world data, including footnoted charts which strongly suggest mean global temperature is, in this era, lowering. Where local temperatures show a general rise in mean temperature, mostly in major world cities, Crichton's characters infer it is due to urban sprawl and deforestation, not carbon emissions.
Crichton argues for removing politics from science and uses global warming and real-life historical examples in the appendices to make this argument. In a speech at the California Institute of Technologyhe expressed his concern about what he considered the "emerging crisis in the whole enterprise of science—namely the increasingly uneasy relationship between hard science and public policy.
The ELF is attempting to create "natural" disasters to convince the public of the dangers of global warming. All these events are timed to happen during a NERF-sponsored climate conference that will highlight the "catastrophe" of global warming.
The eco-terrorists have no qualms about how many people are killed in their manufactured "natural" disasters and ruthlessly assassinate anyone who gets in their way their preferred methods being ones few would recognize as murder; the venom of a rare Australian blue-ringed octopus which causes paralysis, and "lightning attractors" which cause their victims to get electrocuted in electrical storms.
Evans joins Kenner, Thapa, and Morton's assistant, Sarah Jones, on a globe-spanning series of adventures to thwart various ELF-manufactured disasters before these disasters kill thousands of people.
Along the way they battle man-eating crocodiles and cannibalistic tribesmen who feast on Ted Bradley, an environmentalist TV actor whom Drake had sent to spy on Kenner and his team.
The rest of the group are rescued in the nick of time by Morton, who had previously faked his own death to throw Drake off the trail so that he could keep watch on the ELF's activities on the island while he waited for Kenner and his team to arrive.
The group has a final confrontation with the elite ELF team on the island during which Haynes is almost killed, and Evans kills one of the terrorists who had previously tried to kill both him and Jones in Antarctica. The rest of the ELF team is killed by the backwash from their own tsunami, which Kenner and his team have sabotaged just enough to prevent it from becoming a full-size tsunami and reaching California.
Morton, Evans, and Jones return to Los Angeles. Evans quits the firm to work for Morton's new unnamed organization, which will practice environmental activism as a business, free from potential conflicts of interest.
He hopes Evans and Jones will take his place in the new organization after his death. Allegorical characters[ edit ] Several critics have suggested that Crichton uses the major characters as proxies for differing viewpoints on the topic of global warming in order to allow the reader to clearly follow the various positions portrayed in the book.
Joseph Romm suggests that Kenner is a stand-in for Crichton himself. McElroy and Daniel P. Schrag suggest that Jennifer  are stand-ins for the academic community intelligent enough to follow the debate but undecided until the evidence is presented with Sarah being the portion of the community likely to believe in global warming on less than undeniable evidence they will accept "Likely, but not proven" as sufficient proof and Jennifer representing the part of the community that accepts undeniable evidence only.
Schrag also suggest that Jennifer is simultaneously a stand-in for conflicts of interest created by how the research is funded i. In the "Author's message", Crichton states that the cause, extent, and threat of climate change are largely unknown.
He finishes by endorsing the management of wilderness and the continuation of research into all aspects of the Earth 's environment.The characters are great, they're interesting, they're funny, they will make you laugh.
Trust me, at a point this e-book will hit you where you live. Loosely based on Michael Crichton’s novel, ‘The Lost World’ and sequel to the smash hit, ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ follows Ian Malcolm (a survivor of the first movie) as he tries to keep his girlfriend and daughter safe on an island inhabited by dinosaurs which range from the harmless to the violently.
Sep 25, · Jurassic Park, originally a novel by Michael Crichton, became a massive success after Spielberg directed the film adaptation.
Actually, massive would be a massive understatement. So of course, a high grossing film needs a sequel, and Crichton had another book in him and Spielberg was up to another dinosaur adventure, so did lightning strike twice?. The Lost World: Story Excerpt ~ Diego In places, the Jeep track was hardly recognizable, so thickly had the jungle grown back.
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Timeline was featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review on November 21, The reviewer, Daniel Mendelsohn, got to the heart of what so many love about Timeline. “Because of the way they’re constructed, Crichton’s books tend to be as absorbing as his variables are; this helps explain the gigantic success of Jurassic Park and Lost World and even Disclosure—nobody, after.